Doctoral studies

Doctoral programmes represent the highest level of university studies. They are characterised by an individualised form of study and independent research activities of the doctoral student.

Doctoral studies take place according to an individual study plan under the guidance of a supervisor. The standard period of study in all doctoral degree programmes at the MU Faculty of Pharmacy is 4 years.

The study ends with a doctoral state examination and the defence of the doctoral thesis. Upon successful completion of the study, graduates obtain the title Ph.D., listed after the name.

Doctoral studies at the MU Faculty of Pharmacy take place in accordance with the principles of the Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University in accredited degree programmes.

Mode of study

Doctoral studies in all programmes of the MU Faculty of Pharmacy take place both in full-time and part-time modes.

Students of the full-time mode of study have, in addition to study and research obligations, also other responsibilities, including participation in lectures, organisation of conferences, educational activities of the workplace, etc. All obligations are distributed over working days according to the schedule designed by the student. Students of the full-time mode of study in Czech programmes receive a monthly scholarship for the support of doctoral studies over the standard duration of study.

The combined mode of study is often chosen by those applicants who have other responsibilities (e.g. employment or family) that do not allow them a daily presence at the MU Faculty of Pharmacy. For this reason, their participation in lectures, conference organisation, educational and other activities of the workplace is not mandatory.


The requirement for admission to the doctoral degree programme is the proper completion of studies in the Master’s degree programme. The MU Faculty of Pharmacy respects the provisions of Sections 48, 49 and 50 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, as amended, and stipulates the passing of the entrance examination as another condition for admission to study. The faculty dean decides on the admission of an applicant on the proposal of the admissions committee, which recommends the admission of the applicant on the basis of the entrance examination results, and after the consent of the relevant doctoral board.

Only applicants who have duly completed a Master’s degree may be admitted to doctoral studies on the basis of the admissions procedure.

The application for doctoral study shall be submitted in electronic form via the Information System of
Masaryk University, available from the web page The applicant shall attach
the following materials to the electronic application:

- structured curriculum vitae (with an attached list of publications),
- evidence of the highest completed level of education,
- topic of the dissertation and the name of the supervisor. 

The offered topics approved by the Boards for Doctoral Studies are available at the web address

It is necessary to contact potential supervisors in advance and discuss the conditions of study, employment opportunities, etc. If the candidate comes up with his/her own dissertation topic, he/she shall discuss this topic and the possibility of its implementation with a specific supervisor of MUNI PHARM and the Chairman of the Board for Doctoral Studies. If feasible, the topic must be approved by the relevant Board for Doctoral Studies no later than 14 days before the entrance examination.

Applicants are required to pay admission procedure fee 30 € (750 CZK). Payment is done via shopping center to where the applicants will be transferred in the last step of filling in the e-application.

Admission requirements for 2024/2025

Methods of providing the compliance with the condition of admission:

Nostrification by Masaryk University

a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education and qualification in the Czech Republic (nostrification) issued by a Czech public higher education institution which has accredited programme with similar content, or by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic or Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic in the form of an officially certified copy

More information on recognition of foreign higher education by Masaryk University, please visit:

Holders of diploma from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and German

a foreign diploma from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Germany which is equivalent in the Czech Republic under international obligations without further official procedure. The document must be submitted as officially certified copy with an official translation into Czech or English (translations are not required for certificates issued in Slovak or English)

Internal verification by Faculty

A foreign diploma and diploma supplement (or transcript of records) for verification at the Faculty of Pharmacy in the form of an officially certified copy with verification of signatures and stamps in accordance with international obligations of the Czech Republic, and with an official translation into Czech or English (translations are not required for certificates issued in Slovak or English). The procedure is charged by 850 CZK (for documents delivered after 1 September 2021).

Graduation Requirements

The following obligations must be met before the doctoral thesis defence:

1. meet the Individual Study Plan

2. complete two required courses during the studies and at least two selective courses

3. publish at least one scientific article in a high-impact journal on a topic related to the doctoral thesis, as the first or corresponding author

4. complete part of the studies at a foreign institution for at least one month (or participate in an international creative project with results published or presented abroad, or another form of direct student participation in international cooperation)

5. get minimum 240 credits for study

6. pass the doctoral state examination

7. submit the doctoral thesis

Programs taught in Czech

  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Drug Safety and Quality Control

Programs taught in English

For dissertation topic and name of potential supervisor, please contact respective subject-area board.
A list of possible disertation topics is displayed on this page.

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